Ad-Aware Free Anti-Malware

Ad-Aware Free Anti-Malware

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 15921 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    8.2
  • Total Downloads:
    387,859,624
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 15, 2010
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available
  • File Size:
    1.84MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    70,168
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #2 in Anti-Spyware

Editors' Review

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One of the first applications built to find and remove malware and spyware, Ad-Aware's reputation is well-justified. The latest version continues the publisher's tradition of adroitly addressing user concerns, but isn't yet perfect.

Building on the improvements made in version 8, former Ad-Aware users should be glad to hear that the program installs faster than it used to. Without a doubt, though, this version of Ad-Aware improves greatly on what has come before. It loads faster during your boot cycle, and scans are faster. Empirical tests noted that while the Quick Scan finished in less than 10 minutes for version 8, the current version's Quick Scan finished in under three minutes. Previous files that had been falsely detected as threats weren't flagged this time around, probably due in part to Ad-Aware's behavioral detection engine. Called Genotype, it's based on heuristics and uses a one-pass scanning system, Genotype isn't directly exposed to users, although you can opt in to anonymously contribute data from the Settings menu. The new version also explicitly calls out in the scan windows what the scan looks for.

New users should note that Ad-Aware Free performs faster than integrated antivirus and antimalware programs in part because only the paid version of Ad-Aware comes with an antivirus engine. Other important features are disabled in the free version. While rootkit detection is present, behavior-based heuristics and real-time registry protection are not. Ad-Aware Free cannot scan networked drives, and even a basic feature like the scheduler remains off-limits to nonpaying customers. The proprietary real-time defender Ad-Watch Live has been reconfigured to run more smoothly in the background, however, and long-time fans will notice the change. Ad-Aware continues to make improvements and seems to be unwilling to rest on its malware-removing laurels, but the free version is undeniably hamstrung.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.3

    out of 280 votes

    • 5 star 68
    • 4 star 105
    • 3 star 25
    • 2 star 13
    • 1 star 69
  • All Versions

    3.9

    out of 15921 votes

    • 5 star 7555
    • 4 star 4358
    • 3 star 1159
    • 2 star 726
    • 1 star 2123
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1 stars

"I was told to take it off my computer!"

November 06, 2010  |  By onedesertrat

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Anti-Malware 8.2

Pros

Only that it was free.

Cons

My son was having computer trouble and allowed the Dell Tech to take control of it. When the Tech noticed he had AdAware, he said "take it off" they use it to get your personal information off your computer. We both immediately removed AdAware.

Summary

As explained, in detail, in the Cons.

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3 stars

"Nothing to scream about either way"

July 07, 2010  |  By FordFriendly

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Anti-Malware 8.2

Pros

Finds what it's supposed to.

Cons

Takes up too many resources in real time. Scan takes much longer than I anticipate - always!

Summary

What do you expect? It sucks to have to use it, bt it's at least as good as any other ad-malware detector I've used. It's slower than I want but I'm currently willing to trade speed for thoroughness --- until something else free and better comes along.

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3 stars

"it works works"

July 05, 2010  |  By abelljms

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Anti-Malware 8.2

Pros

none none no

Cons

it works works

Summary

what can i say? it works, it's free

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5 stars

"Used it for years. Still one of the best."

July 02, 2010  |  By noinipo

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Anti-Malware 8.2

Pros

Perhaps the best malware product around. Has made my PC a safer place for years.
Easy to use.

Cons

Slow to start but that's all..

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1 stars

"VASTLY OVERRATED !"

July 02, 2010  |  By Jonathan Rothman

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Anti-Malware 8.2

Pros

None, as the product is extremely mediocre.

Cons

I used this program and find other programs do the same thing far better than this one!

Summary

This program did less than other free programs that duplicate to a much better degree than ad-aware. I use Spyware Terminator and clean out the computer regularly with Advanced System Care and Gleary Utilities -- they accomplish the task far better than ad-aware. And I also use Avast v.5 and CCleaner. Ad-aware is much-ado- bout nuttin'! Don't bother with it!!

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5 stars

"Must have to protect your computer"

July 01, 2010  |  By jonnydock

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Anti-Malware 8.2

Pros

Auto-updates itself nicely; does not affect performance of computer

Cons

Large download file size

Summary

I use with AVG virus scanner for all my computers

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5 stars

"like Ad-Aware"

July 01, 2010  |  By carolynworley

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Anti-Malware 8.2

Pros

trust this malware to help my computer

Cons

have not found anything wrong so far

Summary

having trouble with my computer and hope Ad-Ware will help it.
thank you .

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4 stars

"Best out there for free"

June 30, 2010  |  By juniorsr

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Anti-Malware 8.2

Pros

Fast and easy to use. Downloaded first time over 5 years ago and it hasn't failed me yet. I'm sure there are others out there that are better but not for free. Ad-aware finds and removes things that Norton never finds.

Cons

Can't really say anything bad about it.

Summary

Again, I can't find flaw in something that is free and easy to use.

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1 stars

"2008 2007 versions were better"

June 29, 2010  |  By Virus6851

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Anti-Malware 8.2

Pros

This is a Major Hog Slow crahsed my Malwarebytes 40 min into the scan

Cons

Used to be awsome but now its gone to far

Summary

bad software now

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4 stars

"Excellent product that works as advertised."

June 28, 2010  |  By alexrounds

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Anti-Malware 8.2

Pros

Has useful default settings but they are configurable by the less timid. Has not slowed computer appreciably.

Cons

Does not protect (that I can tell,) Google Chrome or Opera, only Firefox and IE. Complains about Spybot Search and Destroy. The button for 'schedule a scanscan ' does not respond to the mouse or keyboard.

Summary

I use numerous security products, among them are Spybot S&D, Ad-Aware, Avast! and Windows Defender. These products must work together - and they do. Ad-aware has added rootkit protection, which is a boon. All in all, a good product.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 8.2
Version 8.2 adds genotype detection, behavior-based heuristics, e-mail scanner, rootkit removal system, the neutralizer, download guard for Internet Explorer, simple mode/advanced mode, custom skins, and community-driven translations.
General
Publisher Lavasoft
Publisher web site http://www.lavasoft.com
Release Date February 15, 2010
Date Added February 15, 2010
Version 8.2
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP 32-bit, Windows, Windows 7 32-bit, Windows Vista 32-bit, Windows Vista 64-bit, Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 2000 Professional
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.84MB
File Name Adaware_Installer.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 387,859,624
Downloads Last Week 70,168
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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